Friday, May 25, 2012

Homemade Ice Blended Frappe

I've been attempting to make Starbucks Frappucinnos at home for years and was never satisfied. Either the coffee was too weak, granulated sugar made it grainy, the flavor mix-ins didn't flavor it consistently or the ice/liquid would separate in a mess. So I'd end up spending $5 just trying to make one anyway. 

However, I have recently been able to make ones I love! My students have even requested it on several occasions. And, according to the recipe, it saves you 92% of the cost of going to Starbucks!

The secret ingredient is xanthan gum- just a pinch will help keep the ice+ liquid blended! I found xanthan gum with the specialty baking supplies. It is regularly used in gluten free baking, so your store may have it in the gluten-free section. It is a bit pricey, but it only takes a tiny amount per frappe. (Be sure not to use more than a pinch or else your frappe will taste like lotion. No kidding.)

I use Torani syrups to flavor my frappes/lattes and love them. My favorite flavor to use is caramel! However, you can easily make your own syrups! Check out these from Annie's Eats.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 cup double-strength Starbucks coffee OR 3/4 cup fresh espresso (cold)
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 2 tbsp flavored syrup (or to taste)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Secret ingredient: Pinch of xanthan gum OR 1 teaspoon dry pectin 
What To Do:

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and creamy! Taste and adjust accordingly. Serve immediately. You can also store in the fridge and re-blend when you're ready. 

Recipe adapted from Squawk Fox.

1 comment:

  1. i used to not like coffee. but suddenly i do. so this is making my mouth water. drool even. yummm!


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